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Genesis 3 New International Version (NIV)
The Fall

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

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Genesis 3 New International Version (NIV)

The Fall

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

There is much that could be said, but for now suffice it to say that the Bible teaches (and many non-LDS Christians acknowledge this fact) that God knew beforehand, based on His infinite foreknowledge, that Eve and then Adam were going violate His commandment to not partake of the forbidden fruit. That's why Christ was foreordained to be the atoning Saviour who would shed His precious blood for the sins of a world that would fall as a direct consequence of the transgression of Adam and Eve. The following verse of scripture validates this point:

18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, (1 Peter 1)

 

God set things in motion by creating the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, knowing beforehand that Adam and Eve were  going to violate His commandment to not partake of it. So why did God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil when He knew the very serious consequences that would follow? It's because He knew the only way His spiritual sons and daughters could progress to become more like Him would be for them to enter a fallen world of imperfection and sin so that as free agents their faith and integrity might be tried, tempted and refined in a realm of opposition in all things. 

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Genesis 3 New International Version (NIV)

The Fall

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

 

Without going into too much depth or debate on this piece of scripture, I think that Mormonism generally teaches that the fall was necessary, and that this is a slightly symbolic representation of the actual real events that took place with Adam and Eve.

They partook of something that made them mortal thus allowing all of us to be born into mortality and gain bodies to be resurrected in the future.

 

There is much more in Mormonism on this subject, but that is the basic idea.

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